Pittsburgh Pirates sign P Ryan Vogelsong

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Former San Fransisco Giants starting right handed pitcher Ryan Vogelsong, 38, on Friday has signed a one year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday.

Vogelsong became a free agent when his current contract with the San Francisco Giants expired at the end of the 2014 Major League Baseball season.

The Giants decided not to renew his contract to return to pitch for their team in 2016. Vogelsong as an unrestricted free agent was free to seek employment with any other team in the Major Leagues that would need his services before the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season.

The Pirates needed the services of the former San Francisco Giants starting pitcher after they traded starting pitcher Charlie Morton to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for minor league pitcher David Whitehead six days ago.

Whitehead will likely be pitching in the Pirates minor league baseball system in the 2016 baseball season.

Vogelsong has two World Series rings as a member of the San Fransisco Giants 2012 and 2014 World Series championship teams.

The Pirates who have made the playoffs in the last three seasons are confident that Vogelsong who will likely be the fifth starting pitcher in the 2016 Major League Baseball season will very effective in helping the Pirates make another playoff run next year.

Vogelsong has pitched in the Major League Baseball level with the San Fransisco Giants from 2000-2011, 2011-2015, and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001, 2003-2006.

Vogeslong spent three seasons pitching in the Nippon Professional Baseball with the Hanshin Tigers from 2007-2008 and the Orix Buffaloes in 2009.

The Pirates starting pitching rotation at the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season will be Gerrit Cole, Francisco Liriano, Jon Niese and Jeff Locke and Ryan Vogelsong.

Vogelsong will be a free agent at the end of the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Vogelsong will likely retire from pitching in the Major Leagues at the end of the next baseball season if there no team in the Major Leagues that will be needing his services before the start of the 2017 Major League Baseball season.


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